After reading Law at Nottingham University where (apart from captaining the team on BBC2’s University Challenge!) he won the Nottingham Graduates Mooting Prize, Neil carried out his earlier training in London in the Chambers of Richard Ferguson QC.
Neil is briefed to attend pre-inquest reviews. He also appears frequently before the Coroner’s Court on behalf of witnesses who are summoned, the Police, Probation Officers and also nursing/medical staff. Such cases have also involved lengthy and complicated trials concerning deaths in custody or in hospital. They have also required consideration of complex medical evidence both in respect of advising and for the purposes of cross-examination. In addition to this, Neil has acted in cases whereby he was required to provide a lengthy advise on expert evidence and found drawing upon his criminal law background particularly useful in this regard. Neil’s tactful and sensitive style of advocacy lends itself particular well to this area of law.
Neil is also an Advocacy Tutor and Teacher for Lincoln’s Inn, the Bar of Ireland, at the ICC in the Hague and at a member of the Faculty at the International Advanced Advocacy Course at Keble College, Oxford. He is also an Accredited Mediator and a Fellow of the Institute of CPD (managed by the RICS).
Neil is also fully qualified in obtaining instructions, providing advice and going to court on a Direct Access basis.
Outside of the law, Neil has a keen interest in sport and in particular skiing, cricket and hockey. He is a qualified England Hockey Level 3 coach and umpire.
Sutton Coldfield: Inquest into death of NS (2013)
death of elderly resident involving consideration of causation of death. Initially, briefed to represent four parties in this case, but resulted in the representation of three parties due to a conflict of interest.
Smethwick: Inquest into death of WG (2011)
death due to drug overdose – representing nurse
Southwark: Inquest into death of SK (2011)
death of baby moments after being born – representing midwife.
Manchester: Inquest into death of TY (2010)
death of baby moments after being born – representing midwife
Loughborough: Inquest into death of VJ (2010)
death of prisoner in prison – representing prison officers
Milton Keynes: Inquest into death of AW (2010)
death of baby in hospital – representing midwife
Shrewsbury: Inquest into death of JK (2010)
death from an RTA – representing family
Telford: Inquest into death of FS (2010)
death in hospital – representing nurse
Whitehaven: Inquest into death of RS (2010)
NG tube inserted in the wrong place - representing nursing staff.
Chesterfield: Inquest into death of SH (2010)
death in police custody – representing ambulance staff – avoided neglect verdict.
Fellow of the Institute of CPD
Member of The Personal Finance Society and The Chartered Insurance Institute